Richmond, VA (PRWEB) May 10, 2012
A new article in the Christian Post notes that many churches, both in America and in other parts of the world, have histories that go back hundreds of years. For decades, and in some cases centuries, pastors have come and gone from these buildings, preaching and teaching from the Bible. But while many pastors find great appeal in preaching from these historic buildings, the Post notes, others feel called to begin new churches, in parts of the world where churches are less common. The Post suggests that church planting is a trend that’s growing more and more common among ministers—and according to prominent pastor Geronimo Aguilar, this trend is something to celebrate.
In a new statement released to the press, Pastor Geronimo Aguilar shares his passion for church planting, and exhorts other ministers to give serious consideration to beginning a new congregation in a largely churchless area. The pastor even goes as far as to identify church planting as one of the main focuses of his own congregation, Richmond Outreach Center. “At The Richmond Outreach Center, we believe in church planting,” the pastor says. “In fact, we have planted a number of indigenous churches in Ghana and helped to establish ROC-style outreach ministries in Costa Rica; Petersburg, Charlottesville, Caroline County and Tazewell, Virginia; Salisbury, North Carolina; and Daytona and Orlando, Florida.”
For Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, the call to church planting is one with a biblical foundation. In fact, he traces the practice of church planting all the way back to Jesus. “Jesus said, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’ God didn't call Christians to wait for the fish to jump into the boat—he told us to look for that lost, hurting, or homeless person who has never heard that Jesus loves them.”
This concept has significant ramifications for church planting, the pastor notes. “Christians shouldn't wait for nonbelievers to walk into a church building—because what are the odds of that? If it weren't for a person directly reaching out to me personally, I would never have known Jesus loved me and had a plan and purpose for my life,” Pastor Geronimo Aguilar concludes.
His own congregation is itself a church plant, one Aguilar started a little more than a decade ago. Since then, the congregation has grown to be one of the fastest-growing churches in America.
Founder of The Richmond Outreach Center, Pastor Geronimo Aguilar continues to lead this non-denominational church in Richmond, Virginia. Affectionately called “The ROC” by its members, the independent church has built over 150 different ministries in order to better serve both the congregation and the surrounding community. Today, these ministries provide a variety of services, including fellowship, education, assistance, and more. In addition to uplifting the members of the church, these ministries cater to the needs of nonmembers and help improve the Richmond area in a variety of ways, including decreasing crime and increasing access to educational resources.
For the last 11 years, Pastor Geronimo Aguilar has led the church in providing fellowship, Bible study, worship, and more. As the congregation continues to grow, Pastor Geronimo Aguilar looks forward to increasing the reach of the church’s positive message.
To learn more about Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, and to discover the many ministries at The ROC, visit http://www.theroc.com.